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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

‘Fresh Conversation’ promotes healthy eating, staying active during the holidays

Nov 29, 2017

Jingle bell rock. Dashing through the Snow. Deck the halls. The holidays are upon us and like these familiar song lyrics suggest, December is a month to stay active — for fun and for health. This year focus more on the doing than the chewing and you’ll come up a winner.

Join a Fresh Conversation program in your area to discover enjoyable tips for staying holiday healthy this December and throughout the whole year.

With winter snows and slippery sidewalks part of the season, it is easy to spend extra time in a favorite recliner, but don’t grab that remote. This habit can cause you to lose muscle over the winter months.

Being active every day helps build up muscle strength. But inactivity — for even as little as two weeks — can rob the body of 25 to 30 percent of its muscle. This can have a big impact on general health and quality of life. Regaining muscle strength is possible, but it takes six weeks — or three times longer than the period of inactivity. And, according to studies, muscle building requires weight training in addition to other physical activity. You don’t have to be “Seven Maids a Milking” to keep strong, but attempt to do something active each day.

The goal this season is to keep moving.

Join a December Fresh Conversation Holiday Healthy party to explore fun opportunities for movement in your community. Mark your calendar for December’s Fresh Conversations program, which will be held at the Fellowship Cup on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. Elise Klopfenstein, Clinical Dietitian from Henry County Health Center will lead the conversation. Check out the congregate meal site and take part in a meal while you are there.

In December, many sites will feature a guest presenter who will demonstrate yoga, tai chi, zumba, chair dancing, thera bands or other fun activities of their choice. We will be dancing around the Christmas tree with glee. Burlington will host Alex Cornick from Universal Studies.

A party isn’t a party without food to celebrate, so participants will be sampling revamped holiday favorites with a tasty, healthy twist. You taste buds will be wowed with fun favorites like trail mix, fruit or veggie pizza, Grinch kebabs and more.

Take 30 minutes for yourself this month and join a Fresh Conversations program for fun, fellowship and food. The program, sponsored by Milestones Area Agency on Aging, is free to attend. New members are always welcome. Sites offering the program in December include Mt. Pleasant, Autumn Heights in Burlington and Winfield.

Come for just the program or, better yet, plan to stay for a warm meal. Bring a guest and check your local meal site for the date and time. If your meal site is interested in bringing Fresh Conversations to your location, contact coordinator Lynda Murray at 319-759-2532 or LyndaM306@aim.com.

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